November 2019
Dear Barlina House Families:
October was a busy month. We started with our first field trip to The Nature Center. Thursday was great, we all went outside. Unfortunately, Friday was a bit rainy. We had a great time exploring the center. The 4 year olds went to Stade’s Pumpkin Farm and came home with a pumpkin and a gourd. They had fun finding the right pumpkin. It was an exciting day for all. Dad’s Night was a success, everyone was very creative with their pumpkins. Dads did a great job and everyone was happy. We also enjoyed our Halloween celebrations and seeing all the children in their costumes.

Just a reminder about lightning, if lightning occurs around drop off or pick up, a sign will be outside indicating lightening has occurred. You will need to escort your child in or out of Barlina House. A thirty minute indoor safety period is required. Thank you for your understanding.

During these first few months of preschool, the teachers have been observing and collecting data on the children’s developmental skills. Progress reports will be sent home in the month of December. The skills we are evaluating include social/emotional, comprehension, communication, pre-math readiness and large & small motor skills. We do not have formal conferences, but if you would like to discuss any concerns about your child, we are here to help. Please let us know what you need, you can call anytime.
I hope everyone is enjoying all the pictures we are posting on the website. We try to show all the fun and exciting things we do at Barlina. The children love to have their pictures taken.

We will continue to have outdoor play time (weather permitting), so please be sure to send your child with the proper outerwear, hats and gloves. Outdoor play is purposefully included in our day to help develop motor skills, cooperation, socialization and fresh air. With the challenges of dressing for our climate during the winter months, self-help skills are also learned. Exploring the outdoor environment also encourages curiosity about the world around us.
Donna MacCrindle, Barlina House Director
November Highlights for Preschoolers (ages 3-6)
Dance Birthday Parties

Drop In Tot Open Gym

Taekwondo (ages 3+),
next sess begins Nov 4

Tennis Lessons (Pee Wee & Parent/Tot)

next sess Hot Shots begins Nov 2

Nature Programs
Browse our Calendar of Events to find 1-Day programs and events, every month of the year.

In the calendar view, click the title for more information and link to register. 
Sun, Dec 8, 1-3 pm
games, activities, entertainment
Grand Oaks
Ages 3-10, $10 per child
Register by Dec 1
Sun, Dec 14, 4-5 pm
stories, activities, treats
Rotary Building at Veteran Acres
Ages 3-10, $15 res/$20 non-res
Register by Dec 11
We are sharing pictures of classroom activities, field trips and special visitors.

Plus, get updates on Park District programs and events that are just for our preschool age students.

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